Earlier today County Executive William R. Steinhaus invited Supervisor Raymon Oberly to join him for a site visit and to discuss a proposed long-term solution to area wide safety concerns surrounding the intersection of Centre (County Route 18) and Hollow (County Route 14) Roads, in the Town of Clinton.
“After listening to the concerns over this intersection and seeing it appear on the projects list again I requested a sound solution from Commissioner of Public Works Michael Murphy and his staff. Because of the cost associated with the long-term improvements, we may seek to add the project to the State five-year Transportation Improvement Program and pursue federal and state grants to fund up to 80% of the overall cost,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
The Dutchess County DPW Engineering Division has developed a plan that involves near term improvements including vegetation removal to improve sight distance, sign upgrades, localized paving to improve roadway friction, and installation of a flashing traffic light. Longer-term improvements including slope grading to further improve sight distance, and geometric improvements to Centre Road and the intersection would be accomplished over the next two years.
Additional work will be performed directly to the west of the intersection when the Hollow Road Bridge over the Little Wappinger Creek is replaced in 2007, also with federal and state funding.
Dutchess County Public Works Commissioner Michael Murphy and Director of Engineering Gregory Bentley joined the County Executive for his site visit today at the involved intersection. Supervisor Oberly and Town Highway Superintendent Theron Thompkins were invited by Steinhaus to seek proposed solutions and agree on a chosen course of action.
Supervisor Oberly said, “This is a good start on solving a dangerous intersection problem that existed for several years. I am pleased to join in cooperative efforts with County Executive Steinhaus and Commissioner Murphy to bear a solution for the residents and motorists of the Town of Clinton.”
After mapping our how the County’s engineering plan would improve the safety at the site County Executive Steinhaus said, “Let’s do it, let’s get it done.”
The $30,000-$40,000 cost of the short-term improvements will be borne by the County and accomplished by County Highway Construction and Maintenance crews this construction season. The new flashing signal will be installed by contract later this year or early 2005, depending upon the availability of signal equipment. The final improvements for the intersection are scheduled to occur in 2006 at a cost of approximately $200,000. As of the last available traffic counts done in 2003, this intersection handles approximately 5000 vehicles per day on average, including significant amount of truck traffic.